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Nantes

Our main campus is located in the heart of beautiful Nantes, France, recognised by countless publications and organisations for innovation and quality of life. Students in particular enjoy life here: almost 20% of Nantes residents are ages 16-25 and study in the city.
Just two hours from Paris by train and a 30-minute drive from the Atlantic coast, Nantes is a thriving modern city with old-world flair. It is also easy to get from Nantes to London, Brussels and Geneva – amongst other exciting destinations.
Originally developed around the castle of the Dukes of Brittany, our region is a popular tourist destination. It draws around two million visitors per year and offers countless sights and attractions. Our city is safe, affordable and welcoming to international guests.

Campus France- Nantes Student Guide

Nantes

The beautiful city of Nantes, France, is home to Audencia’s main campus. 

  • Explore the Loire Valley region, including parks, legendary castles and cities – a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Visit La Baule, a lovely beach resort, and enjoy the breathtaking beaches of the Atlantic coast
  • Appreciate the beauty and taste of some of the most prestigious vineyards of France, and enjoy fine and delicate white wines such as Muscadet
  • Eat, drink and check out new talent at the national centre for contemporary arts, Le Lieu Unique
  • Check out the unreal science fiction festival Les Utopiales

Daily life & fun

There are so many opportunities waiting for you in Nantes. Take a look at our suggestions and explore the official Nantes Tourism website for more ideas.

You can travel in Nantes by foot, bike, tramway, bus, taxi, hired car and even by boat! Nantes has an excellent public transport system and is also a very walkable city – great for exploring.

Nantes SNCF is the central train station where you can take trains to Paris, London, Brussels and more! Visit the official SNCF website for ticket price and time table information.

The Nantes Atlantic Airport is conveniently located 15 minutes from downtown and can connect you with a wide range of international destinations. Visit the website for flight information.

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Food is a central part of French life, so of course we have numerous supermarkets, shopping centres and outdoor markets. It is usually more economical to visit the outdoor farmers’ markets for quality produce at a bargain and the large supermarkets for household items such as blankets, cleaning supplies, etc.

The cost of food in Nantes is relatively low, so you can enjoy delicious fruits, vegetables, French cheeses and more – all on a student budget. It is wise to get a loyalty card from the supermarkets, as this will allow you to take advantage of special deals and sales! The cards are free, and you can get them from the cashiers.

Download the International Student Guide

For off-campus dining, you can choose from French regional cuisine or ethnic specialties. There are options for all tastes and dietary restrictions. Many great restaurants are concentrated within the Bouffay and Graslin districts. There are also several convenient and affordable restaurants within a five-minute walk from campus.

Nantes also has a very lively nightlife, with the most famous nightclubs and bars in the popular Bouffay district.

Note that it’s not necessary to leave a tip, as this is often included in the price of the meal. Be sure to check out the plats du jour or menu midi/soir for lunch and dinner specials.

Explore the official Nantes Tourism website for more ideas, and download the International Student Guide for details on specific destinations.

Our community is full of creativity and energy. Nantes has a vibrant cultural scene offering everything from medieval castles and art museums to a planetarium, relaxing parks, movie houses and even bowling alleys. You may also explore nearby cities by train and learn about the vast and beautiful landscape France has to offer.

Explore the official Nantes Tourism website for more ideas, and download the International Student Guide for details on specific destinations.

As part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, the entire region has more to offer than we could possible describe. The Castle of the Dukes of Brittany, originally built in 1207, is one of Nantes’ oldest landmarks and a must-see. The magnificent gothic Cathédrale de Nantes is also on the top of many travellers‘ lists.

Even a stroll down some of the old streets in the Bouffay district will give you an excellent tour of European architecture of the 18th and 19th centuries. You can even throw in a shopping trip along the way; the Passage Pommeraye, a shopping gallery in the centre of Nantes, is also a beautiful historical building.

Explore the official Nantes Tourism website for more ideas, and download the International Student Guide for specific destinations.

Nantes offers you many different sport facilities, such as swimming pools, football fields, ice rinks and more. You can also join the BDS, or Bureau de Sports, at Audencia and participate in a variety of sports such as football, tennis, badminton and running.

Explore the official Nantes Tourism website for more ideas, and download the International Student Guide for details on specific options.

France

Audencia has four campuses – including the main campus – in Nantes, France. We also have campuses located in Paris, Beijing, Shenzhen and Chengdu.

France ranks amongst the most popular tourist destinations worldwide. There are so many things to enjoy about the country while you’re studying with us. Here are just a few.

France is located in the middle of Western Europe. It’s well-connected, and you can visit many other neighbouring countries such as Italy, Switzerland, Spain and Germany with ease.

If food is important to you, visiting France is an absolute must. Our sauces, cheeses, breads, wines and pastries are world-famous. Our food culture includes technique, history and pleasure.

We eat slowly and enjoy our meals, sitting outside in the open air on nice days and gathering together in cafés and restaurants when clouds roll in. Eating at a French street market or picnicking at a nearby park is also lovely.

France has long been an international centre for art. The world-famous Louvre is just one of many things people come from all over the world to see. Nantes itself boasts a wide range of art galleries and museums.

The French countryside is famous for its beautiful landscapes, vineyards and historical villages. These bustling and historic French communities range from beach towns to picturesque canal-laced villages, lovely hillside communities, and villages perched on the edge of dramatic cliff faces.

Audencia Business School is located in the heart of beautiful Nantes, France, which has been rated “the best place to live in France” by Le Point magazine. Students in particular enjoy a fantastic quality of life here: almost 20% of Nantes residents are young people from 16 to 25 years old who study in the city. 
Just two hours from Paris and less than a 30 minute drive from the Atlantic coast, Nantes Métropole is a thriving modern city with old-world flair and has approximately 600,000 residents. It is also easy to get from Nantes to London, Brussels, and Geneva. The region is a popular tourist destination, drawing around two million visitors per year, and offers countless sights and attractions for students to take advantage – both within the city and in the natural surroundings.

Key figures

  • 566,500 inhabitants
  • 31% of the population is under 20 years old
  • 50,000 students
  • 15 “grandes écoles” in the city
  • Leading city in France for the ship-bulding industry
  • Second for wholesale trade markets
  • Second national aeronautical center
  • Leader in the French food industry
  • Nantes Atlantique airport: 2 million passengers per year,15 minutes from downtown Nantes
  • TGV Atlantique: daily 22 trains connect Nantes to Paris in 2 hours
  • Longest tramway network in France

Life in Nantes

Nantes, a European city in France

By Joshua Jampol, journalist, weekly tribunes in The Times, The Guardian, Time Magazine and the International Herald Tribune.

"Nantes is the gateway to the central Loire Valley, one of the nation’s jewels, with its lush vineyards and legendary châteaux. From Nantes you have access to a dozen different worlds and their rich history, architecture, gastronomy and more. Just two hours from Paris by high-speed train, Nantes is a link outward to London, Brussels and Geneva. It is France’s western capital and Paris’ natural route to the sea. Open to the sea, it boasts both the nation’s number-one Atlantic seaport and busiest airport […]"

 

A singular mix of competencies

"[…] Today Nantes is building a bridge into tomorrow. It’s channelling a singular mix of competencies, consolidating its role in the 21st century. The region, always open, is now reopening; it’s in complete transformation. You can visit various civilisations and lifestyles from here. But you’ll also catch a glimpse of what the future is going to be like."

 

The western powerhouse economic dynamism is catching

"Today, whenever any big company considers moving to France, Nantes always makes the shortlist. […] The economy has spread so widely, and grown so mixed, that it’s no longer easy to pin down to a sector or two.
Nantes prefers variety. It mingles traditional industries - like food processing or aeronautics, where it has led for years - with emerging activities like information technology and biotech […]"

Prepare for your stay

Nearby cultural and natural attractions include:

  • "Val de Loire" region, including parks, legendary castles and cities are part of the UNESCO "World heritage of the humanity"
  • "La Baule" and the lovely beaches of the Atlantic coast
  • One of the most renowned vineyards in France, producing delicate white wines such as muscadet
  • The annual classical music festival "La folle journée"
  • The science-fiction festival "les Utopiales"

> Check out the Nantes Tourist Office’s list of top 10 things to see and do in Nantes.

Nantes boasts numerous supermarkets, shopping centres, and outdoor markets where you can take care of all of your shopping needs. It is usually more economical to visit the outdoor farmer markets for produce at a bargain and the large “hypermarchés” also known as supermarkets for household items such as blankets, cleaning supplies, dried goods. The cost of food in Nantes is relatively low, so you can enjoy delicious fruits, vegetables, French cheeses and more – all on a student budget. It is wise to get a “Fidelité” card from the supermarkets as this will allow you to take advantage of special deals and sales! The cards are free of cost and you can get them from the cashiers.

When you decide to get something to eat off-campus, you can take advantage of the variety of restaurants Nantes has to offer which offer both traditional regional cuisine or ethnic specialties. Nantes also has a very lively nightlife with the most famous nightclubs in bars in the popular “Bouffay” District. It is not necessary to leave a tip as this is often included in the price of the meal. Be sure to check out the “plats du jour” or “menu midi/soir” for lunch and dinner specials.

You can travel in Nantes by tramway, bus, busway (similar to a tram), bike, and even by boat! Nantes has an excellent public transport system. Taxis are available throughout the city as well, but Nantes is a very walkable city therefore we encourage you to walk around and explore the city by foot. The Nante SNCF station is the central train station where you can take trains to Paris, London, Brussels or more! Visit the official SNCF website for ticket price and time table information!

Nantes offers its residence and visitors many different sport facilities such as swimming pools, football fields, ice rinks, and more. Click here for a summary of all sport facilities in the city. You can also join the “BDS”, or the Bureau de Sports, at Audencia and participate in a variety of sports such as football, tennis, badminton, or running.

Nantes has a vibrant cultural scene offering everything from medieval castles and art museums to a planetarium, cinemas, and even bowling alleys. The city offers far more than what we can fit on this one page! We suggest you allow a monthly budget of €100 for cultural activities. You may also explore nearby cities by train and learn about the vast geographical landscape France has to offer.